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India End On 353 After Ashwin, Saha Centuries

R. Ashwin (118) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (104) put together 213 runs for the sixth wicket to propel India to a position of strength, but the tail-enders faltered as the visitors were bowled out for 353 in their first innings after lunch on day two of the third Test in St. Lucia on Wednesday.

Debutant Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins picked up three wickets each to hasten the end of the Indian innings. Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha added 82 runs in the morning session as India advanced to 316 for five at lunch. They extended their unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership to 190 (an Indian record against the West Indies), turning the match around after they had come together at 126 for five on Tuesday.

All-rounder Ashwin seemed destined to post his second century of the series before lunch, but Saha mostly occupied the strike in the final few overs before the interval and moved within sight of three figures himself. It was an excellent morning for the visitors against a Windies attack desperate for a breakthrough with the second new ball, only nine overs old at the start of the day. But West Indies could not claim the wicket it needed to get at the tail, as Ashwin and Saha batted cautiously for the first hour before upping the pace as the ball lost its shine.

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